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292. SPECIAL BULLETIN: Sherlock Holmes Rua Spigot P-Lip Drops Tomorrow, July 12

SHERLOCK HOLMES RUA SPIGOT

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“The latest installment in Peterson’s Charles Peterson Collection — denoted by the “CP” stamp — Sherlock Spigot Rua combines a meticulous contrast sandblasted finish — which first appeared in the original 2021 Rua pipes — with sterling silver spigot mounts, all adorning Peterson’s best-selling Sherlock Holmes shapes.

The deep red and black, two-toned stain highlights the briar’s natural flame grain patterns while the crisp sandblast reveals waves of ring grain and whorls of birdseye alike. These pipes were sandblasted, stained, and finished under the direction and supervision of Giacomo Penzo, Peterson’s pipe specialist and a celebrated artisan pipe maker in his own right.”

Available Shapes: Baskerville • Watson • Original • Rathbone • Milverton • Hansom • Mycroft • Professor

Finish: Rua (red-and-black contrast sandblast)

Mouthpiece: P-Lip

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Introduced last year, the Rua finish is Peterson’s first contrast-stained sandblast, presenting iconic Peterson shapes in a crimson-and-black color palette elevated by sterling silver spigot mounts. Today, the Rua welcomes its second installment, this time dressing the Irish marque’s renowned Sherlock Holmes shapes and expanding the Rua’s unparalleled aesthetic across Peterson’s portfolio.

Finished under the direction of Giacomo Penzo, Peterson’s Pipe Specialist and a celebrated artisan pipe maker in his own right, these Rua pipes testify to the factory’s deep commitment to quality craftsmanship, requiring the same labor-intensive, time-consuming processes employed almost exclusively by artisan carvers. The end result is a rich, two-toned motif that highlights the briar’s vertical grain in dramatic contrast, while the sandblast reveals dense growth rings.

Today’s Sherlock Holmes Rua pipes also continue the prestigious Charles Peterson Collection inaugurated earlier this year. Identified by a “CP” stamp, Charles Peterson Collection pipes are special, small-run releases that highlight innovation in design and technique to honor Charles Peterson’s pioneering spirit and influence on pipe making world wide.

Over 100 Peterson Rua pipes are available now exclusively at Smokingpipes, divided across eight Sherlock Holmes shapes: the Original, Watson, Rathbone, Baskerville, Mycroft, Professor, Hansom, and Milverton. They celebrate artisan craftsmanship, combining traditional Peterson shaping and silverwork with modern finishing techniques, and are highly limited in production. See the entire selection of this special Peterson series on-site now.

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CURATED GALLERY

 

Milverton

 

 

Original

 

 

Watson

 

Mycroft

 

 

Hansom

 

Rathbone

 

 

Professor

 

Baskerville

 

 

Many thanks to Josh Burgess & Andy Wike
Photos courtesy Laudisi Enterprises

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Lone Star Briar Works
Lone Star Briar Works
30 days ago

Estimated price?

Nevaditude
Nevaditude
29 days ago
Reply to  Mark Irwin

@Smoking Pipes Europe the price converts to $221.38

Last edited 29 days ago by Nevaditude
FedeU
FedeU
30 days ago

Amazing… new offerings just keep getting better. I wish I coud afford this.

Marlowe
Marlowe
30 days ago

This and an upcoming CPG pipe? Yikes! Those are lovely looking pipes! I’ve never had a spigot before ( I returned the Barley Spigot due to the poor workmanship). Do they smoke differently? Anyone?

Scott Forrest
Scott Forrest
30 days ago
Reply to  Marlowe

Mark’s examples of blasted Petes in his blogs are almost always gorgeous (that Professor is amazing!), but when I go to the SP site to buy one … notsomuch. I’m hoping they were pickier about their briar blocks for these SH ruas. I’ll certainly check it out tomorrow and grab one or two if I can find examples with great blasts.

Scott Forrest
Scott Forrest
30 days ago
Reply to  Marlowe

Forgot 🙂 – I have not noticed any difference in smoking, but I’ve only owned a few. I would think that if they put extra work into making a spigot, they’d be very careful about drilling, etc., and you’re less likely to have workmanship issues.

John Schantz
John Schantz
30 days ago
Reply to  Scott Forrest

Yes, you would think that a Spigot would be more carefully drilled, etc., but that is not so. My Barley Spigot had a very canted rim, the shank was cut off-angle, and the airway was no where near center, complete crap….still kicking myself for keeping it😖. My Rua Spigot is perfectly drilled however.

Scott Forrest
Scott Forrest
29 days ago
Reply to  John Schantz

uggh. One of my 2021 POY’s is a mess, but it was that one or nothing. If I buy a rua and it’s not drilled right or has other issues, I’m sure I’ll keep it and enjoy smoking it. Quite frankly, I’ve never had a pipe I couldn’t enjoy smoking.

John Schantz
John Schantz
30 days ago
Reply to  Marlowe

I wish I had been smart enough to return my pi$$-poor barley spigot, talk about poor workmanship, mine should have been tossed in a fire, or at the very least a #3 Irish second.
My Rua Spigot XL02 is one of my best smokers. I did a deep taper countersink on the tenon and taper drilled the airway and added a small well in the shank. It barely collects any moisture in the well and has never gurgled. Most of my Pete spigots smoke well for me though.

Nevaditude
Nevaditude
29 days ago
Reply to  Mark Irwin

These are gorgeous. I have 2 System Spigots. Now I only am buying system pipes. 😃 I WISH these were system pipes as well. Lovely!

Last edited 29 days ago by Nevaditude
Marlowe
Marlowe
29 days ago
Reply to  Mark Irwin

I see today there’s a good selection. I think too costly for me right now having just moved and seeing things that need doing that I didn’t pick up initially. They’re a larger pipe than I’m used to as well. I don’t think I’d ever fill one completely. Lovely looking though.

John Schantz
John Schantz
30 days ago

Dang, I don’t know if I can stop myself. So far, the Rua contrast is my favorite Peterson sandblast, and I still need a Milverton, Hansom, or Rathbone SH shape. I love the Professor and Mycroft shapes too…dang, dang, dang.

Marlowe
Marlowe
30 days ago
Reply to  John Schantz

I don’t have one SH pipe, which is funny to me because many years ago its what I always thought of when wanting to smoke a pipe

Scott Forrest
Scott Forrest
30 days ago
Reply to  Marlowe

The Rathbone is one of my favorite Petes and the only SH I have.

Marlowe
Marlowe
30 days ago
Reply to  John Schantz

Im sitting here this evening with my black 301 system sandblast convincing myself that if I sell off a couple of my non Peterson pipes the Peterson gods will be pleased and allow me the spigot!

John Schantz
John Schantz
29 days ago
Reply to  John Schantz

Well, I scrolled through two pages of the SH Rua Spigots that just dropped on SPC. They were so “murderlated” by the sandblasting I had to advert my eyes. So much for my P.P.A.D, that cured it. I found five that were passable, but seeing all the other hacked up ones made me rethink my choices and opted out. Maybe if they were closer to $150, but even then?

Kendall B
Kendall B
29 days ago
Reply to  John Schantz

I had a Professor picked out but took too long and it got snagged. The rest are like you said, not very shapely. Oh well!

Kendall B
Kendall B
29 days ago
Reply to  Mark Irwin

Ive never been attracted to the SH shapes so I was limited down to the Professor. For me there were a few factors other than shape to be honest. The one i found was gorgeous but I took too long. The rest were either too dark, pushed out or the rings were not to my liking. Im a bit of a perfectionist with an impatience problem that I’m trying to fix! Lol. I decided to forgoe my impatience and listen to my perfectionist side on these as its out of my normal pipe budget and I didnt want to be… Read more »

Chris Streeper
29 days ago
Reply to  Kendall B

I was contemplating doing a layaway for a Baskerville or a Professor… Unfortunately, if I want to have any money for the NASPC show next month I’m going to have to hold off… Money is a little tight right now.

Kendall B
Kendall B
29 days ago
Reply to  Chris Streeper

I hear ya! I just bought a 314 System standard and a Newgrange 701 this week. I dont think my wife will approve of a 3rd.

John Schantz
John Schantz
29 days ago
Reply to  Kendall B

Look again😬. I dare ya.

Kendall B
Kendall B
29 days ago
Reply to  John Schantz

Lol I can do it no more!

John Schantz
John Schantz
29 days ago
Reply to  Mark Irwin

Well Mark, we must be CPG’s. I too could not hold myself from going back and looking through the shapes when they didn’t fly off of the virtual shelf. I used another point of perspective as well, not worrying about how close each conforms to it’s original shape and looked at them with their own merits. Obviously, if they were all spot on shape, the briar would not have had any pits to push them out of shape after blasting in the first place. They would have been very high quality, (smooth finish worthy) stummels and would command a much… Read more »

Scott Forrest
Scott Forrest
29 days ago
Reply to  Mark Irwin

Agreed – best blasts ever from K&P. I only bought one, but I’m going back for another look.

Kannady
Kannady
29 days ago
Reply to  John Schantz

I agreed a little with John. I was a little disappointed with the shapes. I looked at the pipes on the EU site, but wanted to wait for the US release so I wouldn’t be waiting so long. I wanted a Baskerville, but didn’t like any of the 3 that I saw in the US release. I went back and bought a Watson from the EU site that had a nice shape and grain.

Chris Streeper
30 days ago

Wow… Those are absolutely beautiful… sadly, inflation is cutting deep into my pipe budget.

Ken Sigel
Ken Sigel
30 days ago

Any estimated time for SPEu drop? I have the full SH sets for original and return. But love spigots. Watson and Professor are great smokes. Maybe, just maybe, I need another pipe. 😉

Kendall B
Kendall B
30 days ago

Why must you do these things to us? Horrible timing for me… Why does it have to be right after I just bought a new one? “Your killing me smalls!”

Chris Streeper
29 days ago
Reply to  Mark Irwin

I think that’s what I’m going to do… Thank goodness for layaway!

Kendall B
Kendall B
29 days ago
Reply to  Mark Irwin

I may just do that now since I conned my wife into letting me get a new Newgrange 701with superb sandblasting! She’s a good woman!

Kannady
Kannady
30 days ago

I generally prefer smooth pipes but that color is fantastic. I am fairly new to the hobby and have been looking to add a spigot and a Sherlock Holmes. This would satisfy both… at least for a while.

Bob Cuccaro/TLIP
Bob Cuccaro/TLIP
30 days ago

Holy cow! These are going to sell out real fast! They picked some of the best shapes too! Are they dropping at midnight?

Satu
Satu
29 days ago

That Hansom is gorgeous. The “gaslight” shape is unique and truly seems right in the world of Sherlock. I will keep an eye out. Thanks for the head’s up!

Joel Brandon
Joel Brandon
26 days ago
Reply to  Mark Irwin

Mark, I had also talked myself out of an acquisition in the morning even after viewing the SPE site, only to lose my resolve once they dropped on SPC. I also have a Hansom on the way!

Last edited 26 days ago by Joel Brandon
Scott Forrest
Scott Forrest
29 days ago

They have some beautifully blasted examples over at SP EU – it looks like nothing but ring-grain pipes! I grabbed a Professor, but there is another left, and it also has great ring grain. It looks like Peterson went out of their way to make sure the briar was good on these pipes – big thanks to Mr. Penzo for overseeing the effort!!!

William Auld
William Auld
26 days ago
Reply to  Scott Forrest

My Professor just arrived from SP and Holy Smokes!! Beautifully blasted ring grain and drilled correctly. Very, very well done all around.

Scott
Scott
29 days ago

As much as I would like to purchase one, I’m going to pass. I purchased ten Peterson’s already this year. I need to hold off until the CPG pipe is available.

Last edited 29 days ago by Scott
Gilbert Ludwig
Gilbert Ludwig
29 days ago

There are indeed beautiful! On SPC (but not SPE), the introduction to the Sherlock Rua Series gives an impression the pipes are system pipes. I believe that is not the case? I have two sherlocks, and neither is a system. Do you Mark, or anyone, have more concrete info on this?

Gilbert Ludwig
Gilbert Ludwig
29 days ago
Reply to  Mark Irwin

Thank you Mark very much for this info, much appreciated!

Chris Tarman
Chris Tarman
29 days ago

I fully intended to NOT buy one of these, but decided to have a peek. Then I realized that I didn’t have a Professor. Or any willpower, apparently. It’ll be here next week.

Last edited 29 days ago by Chris Tarman
Kenneth G Sigel
Kenneth G Sigel
26 days ago
Reply to  Chris Tarman

Chris, as did I. I have a nice Professor which is a regular smoke. Then, in a move that should be avoided by those of us with scant will power I looked on SPEu. It just came today. It’s a stunning pipe! I think the spigot mount makes for a more balanced looking pipe. Maybe longer stem will smoke better, don’t know. Anyone interested I can send a picture comparing the two.

Scott Forrest
Scott Forrest
27 days ago

Hi Mark,
Regarding the CPG pipe, someone just sent me the confirmation list with everyone’s names, and I’m not on it.

I’m not sure where else to ask to be put on it, as I fear the emails I’ve sent you requesting to be put on it are going to your spam.

Thanks,
Scott Forrest

Kenneth G Sigel
Kenneth G Sigel
26 days ago
Reply to  Scott Forrest

Scott, where did you get such a list?

Scott Forrest
Scott Forrest
23 days ago
Reply to  Mark Irwin

Thanks Mark!!!

I’ve been defending the Rua on the pipe forums – I’m stunned that I would even need to. I’ve been a big critic of the quality of new Petersons, especially the sandblasted ones, but this effort indicated to me that Peterson’s is listening and up’ing their game.

I’m just sorry I missed the Rua spigot Rathbone. By the time I checked SP US, there were only three, and I wasn’t crazy about those. I’m hoping to see a great example that someone here managed to snag before I came to my senses!

Kannady
Kannady
16 days ago
Reply to  Scott Forrest

I think that the pictures don’t do these pipes justice. Finally got mine yesterday after it took a weeklong vacation at Heathrow. Not that they look bad on the website, but in person mine was gorgeous. Also smokes like a dream.

Satu
Satu
21 days ago

I’m surprised that there are still 20+ available. Of what remains, there are a couple where the shape is truly boarder line, but the others are good with interesting blast–especially the Mycrofts. I felt the EU selection trended lighter with striking red & black, while many of the US pipes were darker overall. Perhaps that’s why they haven’t gone as fast?